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The school for high-functioning children with autism spectrum disorder

Our School

The Westview School is a private, non-profit school for high-functioning children with autism spectrum disorder from ages 2 to 15 years. Our program is comprised of two main components: academics and social communication/social skills.

Academics

We offer a challenging, well-rounded curriculum that includes a full range of academic programs. These may be modified, if needed, to accommodate individual students' needs. While we believe that children should be challenged with high expectations, we also believe that goals should be reasonable, achievable and based on unique strengths. Learn more

Social Communication and Social Skills

The second segment of our program includes an emphasis on social communication and social skills. We focus on language and communication, social relatedness and activities of daily living so that our students are equipped with the skills they need to successfully manage their emotions and navigate the social world. Learn more

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An invitation from the head of school

 

If you're reading this letter, chances are you are a prospective parent wondering if The Westview School might be a good fit for you and your child. In 1990, when I was looking for a school for my own son, I was doing the same thing you're doing: gathering as much information as possible and wondering about "fit."

When I visited Westview for the first time, I discovered a school so remarkable that I left that first visit knowing that I had found the right place. I found a school where the teachers and staff understand the needs of this population of children. I found students and their faculty pursuing learning as shared effort between teachers, therapists, parents and students. I soon discovered that this unique approach to education was the cornerstone to Westview's educational philosophy and the vision of our founder, Jane Stewart, in 1981. I found a casual, friendly atmosphere permeating the Westview community, a school dedicated to fostering collaboration between students, families, therapists and teachers, and replacing formality with a sense of “we're in this together, and together we can lead these children to succeed and thrive.”

That was 26 years ago, and over the years I've come to fully appreciate how Westview has created an optimal atmosphere for the specialized learning styles of our students. Westview students do not fit a mold and are not expected to. Through specialized evaluation and attention they are taught to express themselves and to strive for their own personal excellence, both academically and socially.

Westview is crafted to be intentionally small. With an enrollment of approximately 150 students and low student-to-teacher ratios, our intimately-scaled learning environment fosters quality communication between our parents, teachers, therapists and students. Our entire staff really gets to know the students as individuals and really understand their strengths and their needs. 

The spirit of The Westview School is difficult to capture in a letter or on a website. So, I would encourage you to do what I did years ago: come visit us and learn about Westview firsthand. Visit our campus, talk with our current parents, meet our admissions staff and discover what I discovered many years ago: The Westview School is a special place, indeed.

Sincerely,

Donna Marshall

Head of School